Redhawks Care Policy

At Seattle University, the health, safety, and welfare of our students and community are paramount concerns. All students are expected to inform appropriate officials in the event of any health or safety risk or emergency -- specifically those involving alcohol or drug abuse — even if violations of the Code may have occurred in connection with such a risk or emergency. Because the University understands that concern about possible disciplinary action may deter requests for emergency assistance, the University has adopted the Redhawks Care Policy to alleviate such concerns and promote responsible action on the part of students.

Generally charges will not be brought against a student based solely on information they provide when:

  • Seeking medical care for themself or other(s), including seeking aid for an individual experiencing an alcohol or other drug-related emergency by contacting emergency services by calling Seattle University Public Safety or 911.
  • Reporting symptoms, cooperating with contact tracing, and/or following self-isolation or quarantine recommendations.

In a situation involving imminent threat or danger to the health or safety of any individual(s), students are expected to:

  1. Contact Public Safety by calling 5-911 and/or 911 to report the incident on-campus and 911 off-campus;
  2. Remain with the individual(s) needing emergency treatment and cooperate with emergency officials, and;
  3. Meet with appropriate University officials after the incident and cooperate with Integrity Formation procedures following the incident.

The Office of the Dean of Students will consider the positive impact of taking responsible action in an emergency situation when determining the appropriate response for alleged violations of the Code by the reporting student in the risk or emergency situation. The policy does not preclude or prevent actions by police or other legal authorities. A student's failure to take responsible action in a risk or emergency situation, however, may void all protections under this provision, may constitute an aggravating factor for purposes of sanctioning, may lead to further disciplinary actions when such failure to act otherwise constitutes a violation of University rules, regulations or policies.

The Office of the Dean of Students, however, may still refer students to the Office of Student Conduct and Integrity Formation for alleged violations of policies if those behaviors are reported to the University through other means.